We've said it many times before and that trend will probably continue long into the future, but here we go again: Europe is an absolutely beautiful part of the world, and it's about time that people start appreciating that fact.
As a continent, there are some notable issues that still need to be resolved, but if we're talking about natural beauty, there are few places better around the world.
Of course, the modern era of traveling makes it pretty much impossible for people to explore these destinations without taking to Instagram in order to show off what a great time they're having.
10 Castle Combe, England
Sometimes you just need to sit back and bask in the glory of English culture: and this is one of those. Found near the heart of the Cotswolds is Castle Combe, and to be perfectly honest, the likes of Bibury and Upper Slaughter could’ve just as easily made their way onto this list.
It may be small and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you could certainly get some magnificent snaps here.
P.S: While some may say you only need a day to explore, we respectfully disagree.
9 Oia, Greece
When you think of stunning Greek destinations, it’s pretty difficult not to allow Santorini to enter your mind. One of the most remarkable villages to be found in the heart of Santorini is Oia, which is home to some truly inspiring whitewashed houses that have been carved into the clifftops.
The white buildings with the blue rooftops are, at this point, as much a part of the culture as the food.
It seems and feels like you’re living in a fairytale, which is the highest kind of compliment you can give any holiday destination.
8 Albarracin, Spain
Stereotypes are a pretty popular part of any culture in any country around the globe, but that’s particularly true over in Spain. From the food to the music and beyond, it’s hard to get away from the fact that there are a lot of elements of Spanish culture that foreigners enjoy.
If you want a different take on that, though, we’d highly recommend going to Albarracin. This small town is found deep in the hills of the country, with the Andador Tower (from the 10th century) being one of the key tourist spots.
7 Cinque Terre, Italy
This may seem like a bit of a cop-out given that Cinque Terre serves as a collection of old villages more so than any one singular village, but just look at it. Honestly, how can you not fall in love at first sight?
From the seafood specials to the sharp incline that you’re forced to climb in order to visit the area, these towns are just special.
Oh, and it kind of goes without saying, but the colorful houses and vineyards really do make it what it is – and then some.
6 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Smaller countries and territories are often left in the dust for these kinds of discussions, but no more.
Places like Torshavn deserve to receive more adulation if only so we can further explore and understand the Faroe way of living. The Torshavn Cathedral built back in the 19th century, is a popular spot, in addition to the creative arts hub that is the Nordic House.
Beyond that, though, we just like the fact that this place makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.
That’s a powerful thing.
5 Ribe, Denmark
Meet Ribe: the oldest town in Denmark. If you’ve ever visited the Scandinavian country then you’ll understand and appreciate how glorious it is from the word go, but there’s something about Ribe that truly does celebrate that in ways we couldn’t possibly have thought up.
From the National Park to celebrating the Viking culture to the numerous art shops, Ribe can often resemble any given town – and yet, the history behind it says more than we ever could.
It’s not quite as big or spectacular as somewhere like Copenhagen, but it doesn’t need to be.
4 Killarney, Ireland
Calm. Secluded. Beautiful.
When you hear and see all of those stories about what it’s like to really embrace the Irish countryside, this is what they’re talking about. All you can see are the hills, the greenery and the ocean, and we absolutely love that.
From the 200km walking train to the farms and national parks, you’ll almost certainly be able to find the kind of Irish celebrations that we all go in search of when visiting the country.
Dublin is good, don’t get us wrong, but it’s a bit too commercial in comparison to towns like Killarney.
3 Hallstatt, Austria
This legitimately looks like a place that an artist has painted, as opposed to being somewhere that people actually live. With less than 800 people setting up shop here it’s no wonder that it’s known for being such a hidden gem.
The glacial alpine mountains and the endless views make for one hell of a visual, to the point where we’re pretty confident in saying you’d never want to leave.
It sounds weird to think that there are places in the world that can make you feel emotional just from looking at a picture, but Hallstatt has achieved that.
2 Giethoorn, Netherlands
The words ‘mostly car-free’ are exciting enough, but the fact that most folks have to get a boat in order to reach this town really is enough a novelty to make us immediately intrigued.
The Dutch are known for their kind-heated nature and many beautiful towns & villages, and that is certainly on display here. While it may border a section of a national park or two that isn’t what we’d recommend going here for, because instead, you can just walk around the town and really embrace what it means to be a Dutch local.
1 Mont-Saint-Michel, France
It may not be your standard town or village but just look at it.
This island out in the depths of Normandy is special for all kinds of reasons, and not just because it’d be a great place to fend off a zombie apocalypse (although that’d be a great thing to use as an Instagram tag).
If you want to feel like you’re on the edge of the planet then go here, but don’t just go here for the photo opportunities.
Really soak up the atmosphere, because there’s nothing quite like it.